State Final: Photos and Videos

  • The 2017-18 Regional Poetry Out Loud Champions - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    The 2017-18 Regional Poetry Out Loud Champions - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • State Champion Isaac Lu, Cedar Tree School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    State Champion Isaac Lu, Cedar Tree School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Runner-up Janelle Thirtyacre, Eatonville High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Runner-up Janelle Thirtyacre, Eatonville High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Honorable Mention, Addi Garner, Anacortes High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Honorable Mention, Addi Garner, Anacortes High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Honorable Mention, John Jones, Rainier High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Honorable Mention, John Jones, Rainier High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Honorable Mention, Mackenzie Woodworth, Liberty Bell High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Honorable Mention, Mackenzie Woodworth, Liberty Bell High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Ashley Higdon, Ellensburg High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Ashley Higdon, Ellensburg High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Rianna Marshall, Kamiakin High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Rianna Marshall, Kamiakin High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Alaya Mays, Camas High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Alaya Mays, Camas High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Travis McDaneld, Tacoma School of the Arts - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Travis McDaneld, Tacoma School of the Arts - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Brittany Miller, River Ridge High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Brittany Miller, River Ridge High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Reily Morrison-Nelson, Okanogan High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Reily Morrison-Nelson, Okanogan High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
  • Grace Orallo, Wenatchee High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner
    Grace Orallo, Wenatchee High School - Photo by Jesse Gardner

ArtsWA Executive Director Karen Hanan with POL State Champion Isaac Lu. Photo by Jesse Gardner

Isaac Lu is the 2017-18 Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Isaac Lu, a junior at Cedar Tree School in Clark County, is the Poetry Out Loud Washington State Champion for the 2017-18 school year. Lu's poems were "The Glories of our Blood and State" by James Shirley and "A Thank-You Note" by Michael Ryan, with "From Blossoms" by Li-Young Lee as the final recitation. Janelle Thirtyacre, a senior at Eatonville High School in Pierce County, was named first runner-up. Honorable mentions went to Addi Garner, a senior at Anacortes High School in Skagit County; John Jones, a senior at Rainier High School in Thurston County; and Mackenzie Woodworth, a senior at Liberty Bell High School in Okanogan County.

Isaac Lu earned an award of $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at the national championship. Cedar Tree School received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. First runner-up Janelle Thirtyacre received $100, with a $200 stipend going to Eatonville High School's library.

This year's Poetry Out Loud State Final judges included: Danielle Gahl, Executive Director at ArtsEd Washington; Aira Jackson, English Language Arts and Literacy Director for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI); Daniel Mancoff, English Language Arts Department Chair at Mount Si High School; Kellie Richardson, current Poet Laureate for the City of Tacoma; Dr. LaWonda Smith, Executive Director of the Race to the Top Road Map Consortium Project, Puget Sound Educational Service District; and Cory Southwell, a theatre designer, director, and teaching artist at Youth Theatre Northwest


Video recitations

Isaac Lu, reciting "A Thank-You Note" by Michael Ryan, State Champion

Janelle Thirtyacre, reciting "Quite Frankly" by Mark Halliday, Runner-up

Addi Garner, reciting "The Gift" by Li-Young Lee, Honorable Mention

John Jones, reciting "Spanglish" by Tato Laviera, Honorable Mention

Mackenzie Woodworth, reciting "Memory" as a Hearing Aid by Tony Hoagland, Honorable Mention


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